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"With the disappearance of the Etruria Grove and, later, the final decay of all vegetation in Etruria, it was decided to open a park there!
On Thursday, September 29th, 1904, the opening ceremony was performed
and the Etruscans at last had their own park, although a dozen years had
elapsed since the Corporation of Hanley had purchased the land - eleven
acres - at a cost of four thousand seven hundred and nineteen pounds,
seventeen shillings and sevenpence.
To the several thousands attending the opening ceremony in delightful weather, all was new and beautiful. Alderman Shirley presented the Mayor with a silver-gilt key, with which he opened the gates, while the Mayoress turned on the fountain and drank to the success of the new Park."
"History of Etruria" E J D Warrillow
In the background are Wedgwood's
pottery works and the
In the park is a fountain (1904) presented by the Shirley brothers of Etruria bone and flint mill and a plaque erected in 1953 to commemorate Henry Wedgwood's photographic achievements.
In the middle background is the white building of the Sentinel Newspaper, this was the site of Josiah Wedgwood's Etruria factory. Shelton Iron and Steel Works was also in this area.
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